Luxetips Travel: Disneyland Resort and Parks in Anaheim California
When life gives you lemons, always make lemonade!
I have been absent on this blog for the past week because I have been away in California for a week. I hoped to squeeze in some blogging, but I traveled across country with two luxe kids solo.
We had a car seat, stroller, a huge suitcase and two carry-ons! It was exhausting and the kids were wearing me out. Between entertaining them and working, blogging could not be accomplished. However, I am back and I have lots to share!
I decided to attend the BlogHer conference in San Diego at the very last minute. When I did make the decision to go, I was presented with an amazing opportunity from Disneyland Resort and Theme Parks in Anaheim, CA. I was invited on a pre-BlogHer trip for me and my family! I was simply floored when the opportunity was presented. It was the perfect situation because luxe son has always wanted to visit California and what kid would not want to experience the magic of Disneyland?
We flew into LAX two days before the BlogHer conference. A Disneyland Express Bus picked us up and we drove a short 45 minute ride to Anaheim, CA. When the kids saw the bus pull up, I could see the excitement on their faces.
The Disneyland Express dropped us off in front of the Disneyland Hotel. The Disneyland Hotel is a staple of Disneyland. It is one the oldest property but it has and is still going through a major renovation. Our room was located in the Frontier tower right in front of the elaborate pool and water play area. We were also a step away from the Tiki Bar and Tangaroa Restaurant.
Our room was very plush and of course it was decorated to delight children with all things Disney. The bedding was plush.
The carpeting was new and plush. The most fascinating thing about the room was the headboard lit up and also played music! My kids got so much pleasure from this feature. It was pretty amazing.
The bathroom did not disappoint. The sink had a granite top and a cherry wood finish.
All of the bathroom fixtures have the famous “mouse ears” The bathtub was very low and luxe baby was able to climb in and out of the tub with no problem. We have never visited a hotel where the bathtub was low enough for little ones to use with ease. Of course Disney would think of everything when it comes to ensuring children have all of the comforts and accomodations they need for an enjoyable experience.
After checking in we had dinner at the Tangaroa Terrace restaurant. The food is island inspired and healthy. The luxe kids had cheeseburgers and chicken nuggets with a side of rice and grapes. I had a chicken sandwich with tropical flavored sauce and sweet potato fries. This is the cutest little casual dining restaurant. We sat outside and listened to a live bland play Hawaiian inspired music and the kids enjoyed the lit torches when the weather got cooler. Another thing I loved about Tangaroa Terrace was the prices were very reasonable. All of our meals were under $10 and that included drinks.
We then met up with Disneyland Parks public relations to walk over to the California Adventure Park for a private viewing of Magic, Memories and You and Magical – A Fireworks Spectacular at Disneyland Park. We had to walk through downtown Disney to get to the park and boy was it a sight to see. There are so many restaurants, retail stores, and bars. Also there is FREE outdoor entertainment every night. We saw a blues band playing on the main stage and smaller bands playing on the street. Of course luxe son zeroed in on the Lego store and Ride Makerz (kids can build their own remote controlled car!). Me being a beauty and fashion junkie, zeroed in on Sephora and Blink by Wet Seal. There is also a House of Blues, Jazz Cafe, and ESPN Zone. As we were walking through Downtown Disney at night, luxe son exclaimed: “Mom Downtown Disney is wicked awesome!!!” I agreed.
We arrived at our private viewing spot for Magic, Memories, and You and unfortunately I missed the majority of it because luxe baby had an emergency bathroom episode. LOL! However Magic, Memories, and You features a video presentation of family remembrances and moments at Disneyland Resort. The animated presentation is displayed on the Disney castle and features Disney themed music and characters.
But we did not miss a moment of Magical – A Fireworks Spectacular! It was beyond any fireworks show I had ever seen. I am still trying to figure out how they did it, but Tinkerbell and Dumbo flew through the fireworks presentation. It was mesmerizing. The fireworks show takes place at 9:30pm at night, so if you have little ones, they may not make it through the show. The Luxe baby was fast asleep within 5 minutes of the show. However, luxe son was down for the cause! He loved it! Check it out:
We made our way back to the room soon thereafter. When we got back to the room, we had a special surprise from Disney!
The best gift in this gift bag was the official Disneyland backpack. Luxe son was so excited and claimed it immediately. He told me: “Mom this is my new backpack for 2nd grade.” Priceless.
Check back tomorrow for Day 2 of our Disneyland Anaheim adventures.
Disclaimer: Disneyland Resorts provided accommodations, ground transportation, theme park tickets, and partial meals during this trip. However, my opinion and experience is 100% mine and honest.